Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX90 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

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Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78

Screen size
Large screen
3.5"
Size
Really small
Super compact 99x55x20 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700

Aperture
Wide aperture
f/2.2
Size
Really small
Compact 103x55x24 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 
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differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX78

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Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.5" vs 3.0"
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Around 20% larger screen
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 99x55x20 mm vs 103x55x24 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 142 g vs 177 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness Thinner 0.8" vs 1"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-FX700

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Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Aperture Wider aperture f/2.2 vs f/2.5
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At its widest zoom, the DMC-FX700's lens captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Macro focus Better macro capability 3 cm vs 5 cm
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Focus on subjects 40% closer to the lens
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent compacts, and ignoring price

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similarities

Compared to recent compacts

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Aperture Wide aperture Help
DMC-FX78:f/2.5
DMC-FX700:f/2.2
Touch screen Have touch screens Help
Less buttons
Longest exposure Very long exposure times Help
60 seconds
Supports RAW No RAW support Help
Less editing fidelity
Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
6,400 ISO
HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
You could do HDR manually
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
1,600 ISO
Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
230k dots
Zoom Poor zoom Help
5x

competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX75

Compact

Movie format Records lower quality movies
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10

Travel zoom

$289 - $300

Zoom Has significantly more zoom
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Pro digicam

$599

Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Sensor size Has a slightly larger sensor
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX580

Compact

Macro focus Slightly worse macro focusing
Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
Nikon Coolpix P340

Nikon Coolpix P340

Pro digicam

$347

Aperture Has a slightly wider aperture
Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX78 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Cybershot DSC-WX9

Sony Cybershot WX9

Compact

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix FX80

Panasonic Lumix FX80

Compact

3D Takes 3D photos
Size Slightly smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX66

Compact

Screen size Much smaller screen
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-XS3

Ultra compact

$91

Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Screen size Much smaller screen
Touch screen No touch screen
Olympus VG-160

Olympus VG-160

Compact

$112

Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
Size Slightly smaller
Screen size Significantly smaller screen
Touch screen No touch screen

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX700 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LF1

Pro digicam

$290 - $398

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
3D Takes 3D photos
Touch screen No touch screen
Wide angle Worse wide angle
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR3

Travel zoom

Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Zoom Slightly more zoom
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZR1

Travel zoom

Zoom Slightly more zoom
Weight Lighter
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,698 - $2,200 body only

$2,700 - $2,887 with 12-35mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Sensor size Much larger sensor
Size Much larger
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Panasonic Lumix ZS25

Travel zoom

$215 - $240

Zoom Significantly more zoom
3D Takes 3D photos
Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
Touch screen No touch screen

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discussion

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